We probably would have posted this video out of sheer Star Wars geekdom, but a 7min 10sec lap around the Nürburgring Nordschleife (BTG) is also nothing to scuff at as well. Such is the accomplishment of Andy Carlile, a 33-year-old Englishman living in Germany who was on a mission to be the fastest on two-wheels around the ‘Ring.
Setting the record on street-legal Dunlop rubber, perhaps the only thing more impressive than Carlile’s lap time is his feat of keeping the squirrely but otherwise mostly stock and street-legal 2005 Yamaha YZF-R1 at bay, as the video shows the massive movement of the bike on braking and acceleration. Jedi mind trick for sure.
Putting in “thousands” of laps on the Nürburgring, Carlile admits there is some room left in his time, though cautions about how much. “What you’re all thinking, and what I’m trying to ignore is the number ‘6’” he said. “Yes the bike will go a little bit faster, but we’re plumbing the deepest depths of diminishing returns.”
For those wondering about the “BTG” designation, it stands for Bridge to Gantry, which has become the customary timing structure for laps done on an open course, as the full main straight cannot be driven at speed due to the track’s exit & entrance requirements, and “non-race” policy.
Source: Bridge to Gantry